It seems like everyone has at least one Pop! figure. Whether it’s the cast of Star Wars sitting on a desk, a tiny Batman dangling from some keys, or collections taking up too much space in a spare room, Funko’s Pops are everywhere. They’re a full-blown phenomenon and — though it’s likely they’ll someday fill the same storage units that once held small fortunes of Pogs — it's hard to resist their geeky allure.
It’s hard to say what makes Funko’s Pop! figures so nearly universally liked. Is it their adorable blank-faced expressions? Their bobblehead proportions? Sure, but a big driver of their popularity is undoubtedly the frankly astonishing number of licenses that the company has managed to produce figures for. They've included so many characters in their lineup that they've transcended the typical geek audience for these types of collectibles and spilled out into the mainstream, with at least one figure that will appeal to pretty much anyone. The figures seem to have move passed collectibility and right into universal appeal. No one will have them all, but everyone needs their favorites.
There seem to be Pop! toys of seemingly every IP and character under the sun, but believe it or not, there are still some franchises and famous faces they’ve yet to get their stubby arms on.
So what are the most glaring omissions from the dead-eyed vinyl legions? It took some digging, but I came up with 12 new themes and properties that Funko should add to their juggernaut toy line. The list includes a little bit of everything, ranging from comic book characters and cartoons to comedians and chiefs of state. The possibilities are truly endless, so it’s possible there’s even more that I missed. Pop into the comments below to add your ideas.